Man with 124 previous convictions jailed for possessing a stolen car

Robert Lawlor
Robert Lawlor

A Dublin father with 124 previous convictions has been jailed for 16 months for possessing a stolen car.

Robert Lawlor (31) of Grangemore Crescent, Donaghmede had already been disqualified from driving when he was spotted driving the car by a garda at Airside Retail Shopping Centre, Swords.

The garda followed Lawlor to Bewleys Hotel on the Clonshaugh Road, where the father-of-three was picked up on CCTV driving the vehicle into the carpark while wearing blue latex gloves.

The court heard DNA matching Lawlor was found on similar gloves when the stolen car was recovered two weeks later at another location.

Lawlor pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing the stolen Ford C-Max at Bewleys Hotel, Clonshaugh Road on May 17, 2012.

It had been taken from a premises on Griffith Avenue in Dublin in March 2012 and fitted with registration plates belonging to a vehicle in storage in a County Clare garage.

His 124 previous convictions include dangerous driving, public order offences and a five year sentence for possessing drugs.

Anne-Marie Lawlor BL, defending, submitted to Judge Martin Nolan that her client purchased the car for well below the market value and had been reckless as to whether it might have been stolen.

She said Lawlor had gone almost three years without gathering any fresh convictions.

Judge Nolan said he agreed with counsel that Lawlor’s crime was not at the highest level of offending. He imposed a 16 month jail sentence backdated to February this year.